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RHS Botany for Gardeners: The Art and Science of Gardening Explained & Explored [Hardcover]

Geoff Hodge
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Book Description

7 Oct 2013 Rhs

'Clever... valuable introduction to the study of plant science.' - Gardeners Illustrated

RHS Botany for Gardeners is more than just a useful reference book on the science of botany and the language of horticulture - it is a practical, hands-on guide that will help gardeners understand how plants grow, what affects their performance, and how to get better results.

Illustrated throughout with beautiful botanical prints and simple diagrams, RHS Botany for Gardeners provides easy-to-understand explanations of over 3,000 botanical words and terms, and show how these can be applied to everyday gardening practice. For easy navigation, the book is divided into thematic chapters covering everything from Plant Pests, and further subdivided into useful headings such as 'Seed Sowing' and 'Pruning'. 'Botany in Action' boxes provide instantly accessible practical tips and advice, and feature spreads profile the remarkable individuals who collected, studied and illustrated the plants that we grow today.

Aided by this book, gardeners will unlock the wealth of information that lies within the intriguing world of botanical science - and their gardens will thrive as a result. This is the perfect gift for any gardener.

Contents Includes...

The Plant kingdom

Growth, Form and Function

Inner Workings

Reproduction

The Beginning of Life

External Factors

Pruning

Botany and the Senses

Pest, Diseases and Disorders

Botanists and Botanical Illustration

... And Much More!


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (7 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1845338332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845338336
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the publisher of the bestselling RHS Latin for Gardeners, RHS Botany for Gardeners is an accessible, informative and beautifully illustrated guide to the mysteries of botanical terms and the science of plants.

About the Author

Since being inspired by some of the world's leading botanists whilst studying Plant Science at the University of Edinburgh, Simon Maughan has spent the last twenty-five years furthering his knowledge and developing a love of practical gardening and plants. He was employed in 1995 to work on the RHS A-Z of Garden Plants and to date has worked on many dozens of gardening books covering all aspects of the subject from species rhododendrons to garden design, and everything in between. He has worked as an editor and publisher for the RHS for twelve years, and this is the first opportunity he has had to work on a book on botany.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully-Illustrated and Informative. 2 Dec 2013
By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is the kind of book that is a joy to own as a physical object. It has a sturdy hard cover which is embossed in gold and has an integral silk place marker - it exudes quality and style. In these days of eBooks, Kindles etc. - this kind of book reminds you why the real thing will never cease to be a pleasure.

Every page has wonderful, painted illustrations in full colour and there are numerous helpful diagrams, as well as photographs of botanists. (I have added a photo to the customer images at the top of this page showing a typical example of the contents.) The size is slightly smaller than A4, but the book feels substantial and there are over 200 pages, packed with information - everything you would want to know about plants and how they work.

The RHS name guarantees quality and the rigourous nature of the science - but the tone is never patronising, while giving clear and useful explanations of botanical terms and horticulture. It's the kind of book that you dip into, rather than read cover-to-cover and anyone with an interest in gardening or growing plants will find some sections useful, to provide definitive answers.

There is a huge amount of information here, but the visual style and organisation make it a pleasure to dip into. The Contents are split into nine chapters with further subdivisions, outlined at the beginning - there is also a comprehensive index of terms at the back - so it's easy to find whatever you want.

Overall a book that the RHS can be proud of and a definitive reference work, that is also enjoyable to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice coffee table book 26 Dec 2013
By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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An excellent book for gardeners wanting a `coffee table book' from the RHS rather than a reference text. The text is illustrated with many high quality drawings of plants rather than photos.

The book is divided into chapters

1. The plant kingdom, 2 Growth form and function, 3 Inner workings 4 Reproduction, 5 The beginning of life 6 External factors 7 Pruning 8 Botany and the senses 9 Pests diseases and disorders.

There are interesting sections on significant historical botonists inc Mendel and Lindley.

The book covers some basic botanical science, however despite using quite a lot of botanical terminalogy, it skims the surface of many areas, and the techniques that are derived from this such as pruning experienced gardeners may already know from reading books on gardening techniques or TV programmes. I was for example hoping to enhance my knowledge of cuttings gleaned from hours watching Carol Klein take shoot and root cuttings, but I still a long way from looking at a plant and from its structure knowing how to prune it or propagate it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile botany lessons for gardeners 15 Dec 2013
By J. Ward VINE VOICE
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The author of RHS Botany for Gardeners is Geoff Hodge, who is a freelance gardening and horticultural writer based in the UK. The book is highly attractive, beautifully produced, printed on quality papers with botanical type watercolour paintings and illustrations on almost every page. As the illustrations are artistic, beautiful rather than photographic, they do not always reveal sufficient detail about the plants as one would sometimes wish. The book is well organized and intelligently edited into 9 chapters: The Plant Kingdom - Growth, Form and Function - Inner Workings - Reproduction - The Beginning of Life - External Factors - Pruning - Botany and the Senses - Pests, Diseases and Disorders. There is an Index as well as a Bibliography. Royalties from the sale of the book go to support the work of the RHS.

The aim of the book is to provide gardeners with sufficient botanical knowledge to help them understand more completely how plants grow, flourish, and reproduce, as well as understanding the factors, internal and external, which affect their well being. The inference is that a more knowledgeable and better informed gardener should be able to achieve better results. The text is always botanically scientific, but written at a level comprehensible to most educated people, and any specialist botanical words introduced are always adequately explained first. The book is practical rather than cerebral and only those principles of botany are discussed which would be of natural and practical interest to gardeners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Doug TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent book, very well designed and beautifully crafted.

However it more than just a pretty book, it contains the factual information, written from a UK context, that will allow readers to gain a real understanding of what is happening in their gardens, and why plants do the things they do.

So many of these more technical books are from US authors, which is no problem until they use Hickory Nut growing as an example!

Thoroughly recommended for the bookcase of all gardeners who want a deeper understanding of what is going on in their gardens...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight! 17 Dec 2013
By Book Critic VINE VOICE
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A beginners guide to botany with a nice dose of the history of botany too; the main joy of this book is its sheer physical loveliness. 'Lavishly illustrated' is a horrible cliché, but I can't come up with anything better to describe this delightful book. The illustrations - mostly 18th and 19th century prints - endow Botany for Gardeners with a glorious beauty normally only seen in books that cost three or four times the price of this one. The science of plants is told in conjunction with practical information on gardening; one informs the other, the science explains the art and all so well written that the science is never too much to confuse; simple but never simplistic or patronising. A perfect book to dip into, or read cover to cover. The nicest book I've read this year.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The scientific basis of gardening
I saw this book in a local shop and decided to buy it after browsing through it. I know abit about gardening but rather little on the science behind it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Andrew N
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice for the coffee table
From the outward appearances a lovely book, but for readability it doesn't compare with Brian Capon's delightful "Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition," which I highly... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Marie F. Busco
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The author, a freelance journalist, has pieced together an impressive number of botanical facts but fails to emotionally engage the reader in the wonders of plant life. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Martha Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I bought this for my sister as a birthday present. She was borrowing one and wanted a copy of her own. It's really beautifully made and very informative, quite specialist I guess.
Published 1 month ago by Isabelle Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars botany
fantastic book and the price was so good it would make a really good present if i could give it more stars i would thanks
Published 2 months ago by hattersfamily
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book of the science behind gardening
This is a very attractive book. It is absolutely brimming with botanical illustrations and diagrams that make it a joy to flick through. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. E. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars RHS Quality again
This is no book for beginners or the uninterested. Nor is it a coffee table book by some celebrity gardener. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wilz
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is such a beautiful book and would make a wonderful gift for anyone interested in gardening, botany or botanical art. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations
I chose this book as a gift for my mum who is a botanical artist. She loves the book and the explanation of the science behind the illustrations she creates. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Nick Mellor
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite illustrations and good information
This is the perfect coffee table book in terms of attractiveness, but also provides very useful information for those looking to learn more about plant biology. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dodster
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